Religious Studies

Introduction

Religious Education contributes dynamically to young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.   They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree and disagree whilst respecting the differing opinions of others.

The principal aim of Religious Education is to engage pupils into systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.

At Key Stage 3 Cecil Jones students follow the Southend on Sea Agreed Syllabus and the Head of RE is also the Chair of the Local Authority Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education which worked on the locally agreed syllabus.

KS3 curriculum

  • Do we need to prove God’s existence?
  • Does living Biblically mean obeying the whole of the Bible?
  • What is so radical about Jesus?
  • Is death the end?  Does it matter?
  • Why is there suffering?  Are there any good solutions?
  • Should religious buildings be sold to feed the starving?
  • How can people express the spiritual through the arts?
  • What is good and what is challenging about being a teenage Buddhist or Sikh or Muslim in Britain today?
  • Should happiness be the purpose of life?
  • Does religion help people to be good?
  • Is religion a power for peace or a cause for conflict in the world today?